Browns’ Joe Thomas says decision to play or retire is “right around the corner”
CLEVELAND — Browns star tackle Joe Thomas said his decision on whether to keep playing or retire is “right around the corner.”
During an on-stage interview Tuesday night at an awards show in downtown Cleveland, Thomas remained noncommittal when discussing his future. The 33-year-old and 10-time Pro Bowler has been mulling retirement since his 2017 season ended prematurely because of a torn left triceps.
“As far a decision goes, we’re still kind of working through that process,” Thomas said while speaking to a crowd during the Cleveland Chapter of Positive Coaching Alliance’s inaugural Youth Sports Impact Awards Dinner. “I’m keeping the Browns apprised of everything I’m doing and trying to make the best decision for myself and for the team, and when that decision comes, I’m not quite sure just yet, but I know hopefully it’ll be soon, right around the corner.”
Thomas said his rehab has gone well, and that he mostly has full function in his arm.
Thomas has said several times that he planned to give the Browns a decision before the start of free agency, which began on Monday with the “legal tampering” period and picks up steam when teams can begin signing players at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
New Browns general manager John Dorsey has been active in recent days overhauling the team’s roster. Dorsey reached agreement on four trades and he figures to be just as busy in free agency. The Browns were $113 million under the salary cap before their recent flurry of transactions.
Thomas, who has never played in the postseason and just endured an 0-16 season, is excited about Cleveland’s additions.
“I think the future is really bright,” Thomas said. “Obviously, John Dorsey came here for a reason because there was a ton of cap space, a ton of money that you can spend under the salary …read more
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